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Dr. James E. Davis, Rules of Order (1992)
Chart of Ranking Motions, from highest to lowest in order of precedence

Motion

Can it Interrupt?

Second Required?

Is Debate Allowed?

Can it be Amended?

Required Vote?

Can it be Reconsidered?

Adjourn

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

No

Recess

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Postpone Temporarily (Table)

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

No

Vote Immediately (Close Debate)

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

No

Limit or Extend Debate

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

2/3

No

Postpone Definitely (to a certain time)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Refer for Decision

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Refer for Report

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Amend

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Main Motion

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

 

 
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